Blogging Marathon # 47 - 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

>>  Saturday, November 1, 2014

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For those of you who are landing here for the first time, then please check out these posts on Blogging Marathon, you can read about all the history, the thought process that's gone in everything in one place in the BM#18 intro

For details on BM held every month, check out the Blogging Marathon page. Once I get all details I will be updating this page. Bloggers taking part in this marathon need to just link back to this page.

The entry is again by Sign ups and each theme will again have only 4 bloggers on first come first basis. 

And because of the new rules I will not be able to accept late sign ups as it will become extremely hard for me to manage otherwise. If you feel you want to do it, please decide ahead, else you can join later.

Commenting on the participating bloggers post is mandatory.

And subscription to the group will be monthly basis. 

If you want to know how the Blogging Marathon started, read the first edition

So the dates will be:  
3, 4, 5 December 
10, 11, 12 December 
17, 18, 19 December 
24, 25, 26 December 

Please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 08th Nov along with your theme.

FYI:  Requests to join after 08th Nov will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:
  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • You cannot take the same themes, except for the different Kid's Delight theme.
  • Should follow the accepted theme all 3 days, meaning if you choose one topic like Rice, you should post all rice based recipes all 3 days.
  • Should link to the Blogging Marathon page.
  • Is expected to actively give feedback on others post.
  • Mandatory reading and commenting on fellow participating member.
Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on first come first bases. 

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM # 47th will be the following:

Kid's Delight theme ensures my Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by other bloggers gets good entries. Since the event is 16th - 15th every month, we have two different themes happening for BM. And you have the choice of doing two different themes. 

Kid's Delight - Pizza & Pastas (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight - Holiday special recipes (for Christmas and New Year) (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Please note all entries for Kid's Delight theme have to be kid approved. The dish can be either approved by your own kid, your young relatives, neighbors or even something that you enjoyed as a kid. Do remember to mention the age group of the kid, so that it becomes easy for others.

Kid's Delight - Pizza & Pastas (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The 1st & 2nd week of December will be hosted by Mireille. She will be announcing the event on her blog by November 16th with theme "Pizzas and Pastas"

Kid's Delight -  Holiday special recipes (for Christmas and New Year) (17,18,19 and 24,25,26) 

The 3rd & 4th week of  December will be hosted by Sandhya Ramakrishnan  She will be announcing the event on her blog by December 16th with theme "Holiday special recipes (for Christmas and New Year)"

Doughnut varieties : Do A to I

From this site, select any 3 from A to I

Pick up one Menu Card and do different course

I have given 4 menu cards. You will have to select 1 Menu card and do 3 dishes from the SAME Menu Card.

http://www.satyaashaveggie.com/images/menu.pdf
http://www.puranmal.com/uploads/downloads/puranmal-r-city-ghatkopar-menu.pdf
http://www.allmenus.com/nj/edison/16662-fusion/menu/
http://www.chatkazz.com.au/Menu.php?mitem_id=1"

One State, Different Cuisines

Select One Indian State and do 1 cuisine for each day.

For example in Tamil Nadu, we have different cuisines based on regions like Chettinad, Nanjilnadu Kongunadu etc. So select one state and attempt 3 different dishes from different regions. I am assuming all the states have atleast 3 different cuisines. And I am assuming you won't select a state that doesn't and make my life hard!....:)

Tame the Yeast with Combo

This theme has been introduced since couple of months. This is a baking special, where the BM expert inhouse baker will share a foolproof bread for the rest of the group to bake. The item to be baked will be decided ahead and shared with all. So everybody will have a month's time to work on the bread. This theme again follows the same BM rules.

The idea is to share two breads. Participants can do both the breads or one bread. For the rest of the two days, they can make something as suggested below.

Day one - post the bread that's suggested 
Day two - Spreads/Jam/Flavored Butters to be accompanied by the same bread (can be any cuisine)
Day Three - Fried bread recipes/ Dessert

Else you can bake both the breads, for Day 3, you can follow one of the ideas suggested above. 

Apart from a recipe, you can also share something related to bread or anything on bread as well, if you don't want to do the other general ideas.

Indian Desserts

As the theme says, the dish has to be Indian and it has to be dessert. Of course we have the habit of serving traditional Indian Sweets as Desserts as well. However for the purpose of being unique, let's only do those dishes that are served chilled. Or in a fusion state of being served Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream or Carrot Halwa with Ice Cream. These are typically Indian Desserts served. 

The flowing, gooey halwas are also allowed but not Burfris or Laddos.

North Indian Party Starters

The dish has to be a starter, and it has fall it under a party starter. Not your simple cutlet mind you, but it can be rich and sinful. I won't mind. Yes this can include Chats, Single Serving dishes, but be sure to make sure it fits the bill.

Special Theme - Do three weeks and for the 4th week you get to do the special theme.

Bookmarked Recipes

This is a special theme for members doing all first three weeks. 

This can be anything bookmarked, online or offline your choice!

This is accepted only for the 4th week (and should have done all three previous weeks).

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Please spread the details if you want your friends to be part of this marathon.

Let's gear up for another non stop blogging!

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Chocolate Sauce for Cake Frosting

>>  Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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When I recently made the Bottle gourd Chocolate Cake, I used a new sauce. So thought of recording it separately as it surely deserves a post of its own.

The Chocolate sauce turned out to be more of a halwa on it's own as I was using Maida. I even made it rich by adding butter to it.

Working on this post reminded me that Konda asked me to bake her cake that would give about 200 pieces. I was very adventurous and decided to bake muffins for her. I arrived at a new measurement and on top I baked it in Microwave Mode. As I had done in this chocolate recipe, it only took a minute to bake. I was all worked up to bake for her. She finally said it got postponed, however wants to make Cafe Sua Da, the Vietnamese Iced Coffee for her teachers as a trial run. So we are now working on making that for school tomorrow.

So while I plan how to pack the ice for her, you can check out this sauce, which I am sure will work out great to simply dig in.





Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients Needed:

All Purpose Flour- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3/4 Cup
Milk- 1 Cup
Cocoa Powder- 3 tsp
Butter - 2 tsp

How to make Chocolate Sauce

In a bowl, take the flour and mix with cocoa. Then slowly add boiled milk. Whisk it well.

Then bring to boil, then add sugar and let it melt. Strain it well to remove lumps. 

Put it back to heat and continue cooking till it thickens a bit. Add butter and cook for 2 more mins. 

Once the sauce reaches a thick pudding stage, remove and pour on the cake and spread. 


This is the sauce that was used on spreading the Bottle Gourd Chocolate Cake.

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